Suppose I write a "story" of the earth, taking a perspective with stream of consciousness (first person perspective).

Would this be fiction or non-fiction? Because I will be using facts (like global warming) to write this.

  • 2
    Sounds like fiction. The fact that the earth exists does not make it otherwise. Great idea and now your imagination is free to write it as you like. Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 13:12
  • 1
    If you are relating your actual stream of consciousness thoughts on actual events, I would think it would be sort of similar to a memoir and probably non-fiction. If you're relating the consciousness of a character or including events that did not occur, then it's definitely fiction. Thought-provoking question. Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 13:21
  • 1
    Does the earth normally have thoughts? it would be fiction that's based on fact. Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 15:29
  • I’m voting to close this question because it isn’t about the English language.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 12:11

2 Answers 2


As I understand it you want to write a story of the Earth as a first person narrative from the Earth's point of view. ("Stream of consciousness" means something different from that, but we will leave that to another question).

Fiction or non- fiction is going to depend on if you introduce fictional elements. On the face of it, since the Earth does not have consciousness, you would seem to have introduced a fictional element to start with. You could make it less fictional by, for example, telling the story in the passive voice without implying thoughts or feelings.

Then a new kind of animal appeared on my surface called Mankind. They began to dig into my crust to extract minerals. They took their waste and dumped it in my rivers. Some other animals vanished, never to return.

You could make it more fictional by giving the Earth personal attributes:

I was horrified at what Mankind was doing to me. How could they cause me such pain, digging into my crust and poisoning my rivers? My continents writhe in agony.

Even more fictional elements could be introduced, like underground spirits or continents talking to each other.

For a matter of style like this fiction or not is going to be a matter of opinion.


This would normally be classified as fiction, as stream of consciousness depicts a continuous flow of thoughts. So, an internal dialogue, if that makes sense.

  • Could you expand on your answer, possibley adding linked referrences to justify what you claim is true? Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 11:46
  • Stream of consciousness, narrative technique in nondramatic fiction intended to render the flow of myriad impressions—visual, auditory, physical, associative, and subliminal—that impinge on the consciousness of an individual and form part of his awareness along with the trend of his rational thoughts. (britannica.com/art/stream-of-consciousness)
    – Jessie
    Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 15:37
  • I meant add them to your answer, as comments are ephemeral more or less. You can use the edit button left and below your answer or edit. Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 16:01

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.